The ABCs of Christmas….. Y is for Merry Christmas to YOU and Z is for ZZZZZZZZ

Well, today is Christmas Eve so today’s blog entry is simply to wish YOU and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Now, I don’t know about you but I’m off for a quick nap before all the excitement starts tomorrow! (I’ll be back in the new year with more fun ideas and places to go for you and your little one)

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PS. I got my Santa plate made… here’s hoping Santa enjoys his treats!

 

The ABCs of Christmas….. X is for boX

“X” has been a tricky letter to write a post for…. not many things start with the letter “X”! Then it occurred to me that I’m surrounded by boxes so my post should be about a boX!

I searched about and found this very sweet blog that has a great idea for turning a box into a cardboard sleigh for your little one.

If you fancy making a sleigh go check out this blog:

http://lucyandi.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/a-handmade-child-sleigh.html

Only 2 more sleeps….. is your little one super excited yet?

The ABCs of Christmas….. W is for WREATH

We had great fun in my childminding service last week making some really simple paper plate wreaths. The children had a great time painting and decorating them and now my little one’s takes pride of place on his bedroom door!

If you want to make a wreath with your little one then you will need the following:

  • A paper plate
  • Scissors
  • An apron for your little one
  • Some paper to protect your table
  • Green paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Pieces of green paper cut into squares (I used tissue paper)
  • PVA glue
  • Festive sequins
  • Glitter
  • Ribbon
and you need to do the following:
  • Firstly cut a circle out of the middle of the plate to make the wreath shape
  • Put the apron on your little one and the paper down on your table…. this activity can get messy!
  • Give your little one the green paint and the paintbrush and let them cover the paper plate in paint… you will notice that they enjoy painting the hole!!!
  • Allow the paint to dry
  • Once the plate is dry cover it in PVA glue and then let your little one go for it with the cut out paper, sequins and glitter (remember to supervise them if they’re using small parts)
  • Allow the glue to dry
  • Now hang the ribbon around the plate and hang your paper plate wreath up at the door
An easy but fun activity for your little one to do without too much help from you!

 

 

The ABCs of Christmas….. V is for a VISIT from Santa!

With only a few days to go we are starting to think about our visit from Santa and what he and his reindeer might like to have put out on Christmas Eve.

Sometimes Santa likes mince pies, sometimes he prefers a cookie or two! Whatever you think Santa would like to help keep up his energy reserves why don’t you have a go at making a keepsake plate for your little one to put Santa’s treats onto.

This is an activity that is for any crafty mums/ dads to have a go at and could be a nice way to get away from the hustle and bustle of Christmas for an hour or so and get absorbed in something creative.

A handmade Santa Plate by justsomethingimade.com

I was hoping to post up a picture of my attempt at a Santa plate but time has run away with me and I haven’t managed to make it…. yet! I’ll keep you posted.

 

The ABCs of Christmas….. U is for UNWRAPPING

Here is a little unwrapping game that you can do to prepare your little one for the big day!

Simply wrap up some of their current toys or books in lots of layers of paper and get them to unwrap each layer until they find what has been wrapped. You could make this more like a game of pass the parcel if your little one has siblings or friends over to play.

You could extend this activity by asking them to name the colours and objects on the paper. You could also count the layers of paper together.

Whatever you decide to do… have fun!

The ABCs of Christmas…. T is for TREE

So, we finally got our tree up and boy is my little one excited about it! We had great fun hanging up the baubles and remembering where they came from and when we got them.

Today’s post is all about different activities that you can do with your little one that is Christmas tree related.

Hopefully you’ll be inspired to make one of these fun tree projects, I think we may have a go at the tree bath stickers for a fun festive bath one night over the next week!

 

The ABCs of Christmas….. S is for SNOW GLOBE

There’s something rather magical about watching snow fall whether it is the real thing or glitter and snowflakes falling around a Christmas decoration inside a snow globe.

Today’s entry is to show you how to make a snow globe with your little one – this will require a little planning as not all of the items that you require will be what you have in the house. It also requires quite a lot of adult supervision but can still be fun to do with your little one.

To make a snow globe you will need the following:

  • A clean jar with lid
  • A glue gun with glue sticks
  • Some Christmas decorations and figurines  – it’s best if these are plastic so that they are waterproof
  • Water
  • Glitter
  • Liquid glycerine (you can get this in pharmacies)

and you need to do the following:

  • Using the glue gun, stick the Christmas decorations to the inside of the jar lid and allow it to completely dry
  • Fill the jar with water
  • Add  about a teaspoon of the glitter
  • Add a few drops of the glycerine
  • Using the glue gun again, glue around the inside edge of the lid, place the lid on the jar and allow the glue to dry completely
  • Shake your jar and watch the snow fall!

The ABCs of Christmas….. R is for REINDEER

Happy Monday everyone! Can you believe we’re almost there? Christmas is well and truly on it’s way and we’re nearing the end of our ABCs. Today’s entry is for “R” and is all about reindeer!

Is your little one familiar with Rudolf yet? In my childminding service we have been having lots of fun making our own Rudolf hats and singing along to Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer and doing the Reindeer Hokey!

If you want to make your own Rudolf hat you need the following:

  • A couple of brown foam sheets (or you could use brown card if you don’t have any foam)
  • Googly eyes
  • Red Pom Pom
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape

and you need to do the following:

  • Cut out two long strips about 7cm wide from the sheet of foam or card
  • Using the double-sided tape  stick one strip to another to make one long strip
  • Now measure this long strip around your little one’s head and stick together to make a hat – you may have to cut some excess foam off
  • Get your little one to stick the google eyes and the red pom pom onto the front of the hat
  • Taking the pen draw around your little one’s hand and arm on the remaining pieses of foam
  • Cut out your little one’s foam antlers
  • Using the tape, stick each foam antler onto each side of the hat
  • Now put it on your little one’s head and sing Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer together!
If you fancy some different reindeer activities check out these ideas on the following websites:

 

The ABCs of Christmas…. Q is for QUIET TIME

I don’t know about you but I sometimes feel that amidst all of the fun and exciting activities that we’ve been doing for Christmas that all my little one wants is a bit of quiet time (I know that’s what I sometimes want too!).

To calm things down in our household we often get out the books and cushions and sit calmly looking at them. Sometimes we read together and sometimes I just let my little one sit and look at the books themselves. To keep him interested in looking at the books I often choose a few staple favourites and then swap other ones around for him and seeing as Christmas is fast approaching we have been looking at a few different Christmas books.

Listed below are a few books that we are currently sharing and enjoying in our moments of quiet:

  • One Snowy Night (A tale from Percy’s Park) by Nick Butterworth
  • Secret Santa byRichard Jewitt and Simone Abel
  • Paddington and the Christmas Surprise by Michael Bond
  • Merry Christmas Little Mouse by Dugald Steer and Caroline Anstey
  • The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

Why not dig out a few books that your little one hasn’t looked at for a while and encourage them to have some quiet time too… maybe you can even pop the kettle on and enjoy a sneaky mince pie!

The ABCs of Christmas….. P is for PEPPERMINT CREAMS

One tradition that my parents started and that I now like to continue is making homemade sweets. A lot of the sweets we make involve boiling sugar and aren’t the safest to make with little ones about but something that is easy and safe to make with your little one is Peppermint Creams and if cut into festive shapes such as stars and trees they can be very Christmassy!

To make your own Peppermint Creams you need the following:

  •  300g icing sugar
  • 125g condensed milk
  • ¼ tsp peppermint extract
  • A mixing bowl
  • A spoon
  • A baking tray
  • Greaseproof paper
  • Cookie cutters
and you need to do the following:
  • Line the baking tray with the greaseproof paper
  • Place the icing sugar, condensed milk and peppermint extract into a bowl and mix together
  • Dust a clean surface with some more icing sugar and roll out the dough to a thickness of about half a centimetre
  • Use the cookie cutters to cut out the shapes that you want and place them onto the baking tray
  • Place the peppermint creams into the fridge to set for an hour
  • Enjoy your peppermint creams or package up in a box to give to someone else to enjoy… they make the perfect gift from your little one!

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